hor·​rif·​ic | \ hȯ-ˈri-fik How to pronounce horrific (audio) , hä- \

Definition of horrific

: having the power to horrify a horrific account of the tragedy

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horrifically \ hȯ-​ˈri-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce horrifically (audio) , hä-​ \ adverb

Examples of horrific in a Sentence

horrific images of torture that shocked the conscience of the world
Recent Examples on the Web The headlines of rampant abuse and cover-ups in the church are horrific enough. Logan Jaffe, ProPublica, "Sexual Abuse Reports From Illinois’ Catholic Dioceses Are Still Missing A Lot of Data," 31 Jan. 2020 Now, the horrific Watts family murders are the subject of a controversial new Lifetime movie, Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer. Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, "The Horrific True Story Behind Chris Watts and the Gruesome Murders of His Family," 25 Jan. 2020 Sabres at Stars: Projected starting goalies Linus Ullmark vs. Ben Bishop The Sabres have leaned upon Ullmark heavily, as Carter Hutton has been horrific. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Buffalo Sabres at Dallas Stars odds, picks and best bets," 16 Jan. 2020 When a woman found the memory card on the street and turned it over to police, what detectives saw was horrific. Mark Thiessen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Distinctive accent on torture video leads police to suspect," 21 Oct. 2019 The recent string of horrific mass shootings has policymakers at both the state and federal level considering gun-control laws that might help reduce gun violence. Joaquin Palomino, SFChronicle.com, "Can gun laws curb gun violence? Studies suggest some might," 11 Aug. 2019 Donald Trump, in a press conference Tuesday discussing the two horrific mass shootings over the weekend, turned to a familiar scapegoat: Video games. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Trump Once Again Blames Video Games for Mass Shootings. Experts Disagree.," 5 Aug. 2019 Sure, in the same at-first-intriguing-then-utterly-horrific manner of Jack Nicholson’s Room 237 kiss in The Shining. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "In DFW, the improbable rise of Malort, the liqueur people love to loathe," 16 Jan. 2020 This despite a group of former fire and emergency chiefs warning the Federal Government as far back as April 2019 that the 2020 bushfire season would likely be horrific and funds for more aerial water bombers were desperately needed. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Australian Bushfires: What You Need to Know if You Have a Trip Planned," 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of horrific

1653, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for horrific

borrowed from French & Latin; French horrifique, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin horrificus "inspiring awe or dread, frightening," from horrēre "to be stiffly erect, bristle, shudder, shiver" + -i- -i- + -ficus -fic — more at horror entry 1

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The first known use of horrific was in 1653

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11 Feb 2020

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“Horrific.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horrific. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of horrific

: causing horror or shock

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